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Why wasn't awareness of Australia more widespread in pre-colonial Asia?

WRT the Chinese in particular, perhaps they just didn't care. They could buy their trepang from the people who harvested it, just as the could sell silk to merchants, without caring where the trepang ...
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How many Dutch lived in Indonesia during the colonial era vs native population?

In my experience of Indonesian historical education, which could often be described as 'propaganda', there is an emphasis on describing the Dutch as controlling Indonesia for 350 years. This is of ...
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Why wasn't awareness of Australia more widespread in pre-colonial Asia?

I think the answer can best be understood by taking from the point of view of the people on the ground at the time: All they knew is that there were a few products of minor value to be gotten from a ...
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Why wasn't awareness of Australia more widespread in pre-colonial Asia?

Geographic discovery like that of Australia is also political and was done by states. We have to think in terms of political authority. Who would have been interested in Australia and what Australia ...
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